MOSCOW, August 19 (Itar-Tass) - A group of Estonian and Finnish inspectors will make an observation flight over Russia under the Treaty on Open Skies (TOS), Colonel Ruslan Shishin, acting head of the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told Itar-Tass on Monday.
"A joint mission of Estonia and Finland will make an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation in implementation of the international Treaty on Open Skies. The flight will be made from August 19 to 23 aboard a Swedish SAAB-340 plane," he said.
Shishin pointed out that the observation plane belongs to the class of flying vehicles which are not designed to be provided with any armament. The onboard technical means have undergone the necessary international inspection with Russia's representatives participating. During the flight along an agreed route, Russian specialits aboard the plane will monitor the use of observation equipment and systems in line with the Treaty obligations.